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Friday 15 December 2017

Graham Norton: 'Let's have immigrant award'

Graham Norton & Cathy Kelly during the ninth annual Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2014 at the The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin
Graham Norton & Cathy Kelly during the ninth annual Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2014 at the The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin
Graham Norton

Graham Norton wants to see an Immigrant of the Year Award.

The Cork-born TV host (right) made the light-hearted suggestion at the Irish Book Awards at the Bord Gas Energy Theatre.

The BBC presenter tweeted after the show: "Such a fun night in Dublin. Met so many lovely people and got a prize."

Norton was the toast of the ceremony where he took a non-fiction award for his second autobiography, The life and Loves of a He Devil.

While accepting the award on stage, Norton himself offered to host the Immigrant of the Year awards.

People applauded loudly as he accepted his award, and the reference struck a chord with the audience.

Also in attendance at the Irish Book Awards was Brian O'Driscoll, who picked up the accolade for Sport Book of the Year.

The rugby legend gave a touching tribute to wife Amy who has just given birth to her second child, telling her he loved her.

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